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Associate in Arts

Associate in Arts ( AA )

AA - A10100 *

The Associate in Arts degree is a good choice for future education, social science (history, psychology, sociology, economics,business, etc.), liberal arts (languages, English, fine arts, etc.) majors, or a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. The mathematics and science requirements are usually fewer than for an Associate in Science degree. In most cases, if a student wishes to attend a university, the Associate in Arts degree is the best degree to pursue. It is wise for all students wishing to transfer to a university to complete the AA.

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SCC offers two fully transferable degrees: Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS).

Stanly Community College’s transfer degrees offer an economical and efficient way to work towards a bachelor’s degree. The Associate in Arts degree is a good choice for future education, social science (history, psychology, sociology, economics, business, etc.), liberal arts (languages, English, fine arts, etc.) majors, or a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. The mathematics and science requirements are fewer than for an Associate in Science degree. For most majors, if a student wishes to attend a university, the Associate in Arts degree is the best degree to pursue.

UNC-system universities (and most private colleges and universities) will accept the completed AA degree as a package, which will waive the undergraduate general education requirements.

Courses identified as Universal General Education Transfer Component courses (UGETC) will transfer to the UNC-system universities and receive course for course credit (provided students earn a C or better in these courses). Other courses marked for transfer may receive general education or elective credit. Some SCC courses may not meet general education core requirements. Therefore, students should work closely with their advisors when registering for courses and planning their futures.

If a student has an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and at least a 2.0 grade point average, he or she will be considered for transfer by the senior institution. If the student meets minimum admission requirements for the UNC System, he or she may transfer before completing the A.A. degree; however, completing the A.A. degree with at least a 2.0 grade point average will increase transferability to the student’s college of choice.

Associate in Arts students are required to have basic computer literacy and should take CIS 110 as an elective course.

University Transfer
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the University Transfer Program:

  • PO.1 Students should be able to demonstrate effective research skills including all required elements as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the research skills rubric.
  • PO.2 Students should be able to demonstrate global and cultural literacy as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the global/cultural literacy rubric.
  • PO.3 Students will be able to analyze concepts of individuals and people within social and historical contexts as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the social/historical contexts rubric.
  • PO.4: Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the critical thinking skills rubric.
  • PO.5: Students will be able to apply scientific principles to the natural and physical world as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the scientific principles rubric.
Students must complete a total of 60 semester hours (SH) to receive the Associate in Arts degree (see program outline below). Students must earn a “C” or better in all transferable courses. Please consult an advisor, review the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Transfer Course List or see the Course Descriptions to ensure course transferability when selecting elective courses. The last sentence in the course description will indicate if the course is transferable.
 
Associate in Arts Degree – Program of Study
 
UNIVERSAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER COMPONENT
(All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit.)
 
English Composition (6 SHC)
The following two English composition courses are required:
ENG 111         Writing & Inquiry                                (3 SHC)   
ENG 112         Writing/Research in the Disciplines   (3 SHC)
 
Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)
Select three courses from the following from at least two different disciplines:
ART 111         Art Appreciation                                (3 SHC)                      
ART 114         Art History Survey I                           (3 SHC)
ART 115         Art History Survey II                         (3 SHC)
ENG 231         American Literature I                         (3 SHC)
ENG 232         American Literature II                        (3 SHC)
MUS 110        Music Appreciation                             (3 SHC)          
MUS 112        Introduction to Jazz                            (3 SHC)
PHI 215          Philosophical Issues                            (3 SHC)
PHI 240          Introduction to Ethics                                     (3 SHC)
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC) 
Select three courses from the following from at least two different disciplines:
ECO 251         Principles of Microeconomics             (3 SHC)
ECO 252         Principles of Macroeconomics            (3 SHC)
HIS 111          World Civilizations I                          (3 SHC)
HIS 112          World Civilizations II                         (3 SHC)
HIS 131          American History I                             (3 SHC)
HIS 132          American History II                            (3 SHC)
POL 120         American Government                        (3 SHC)
PSY 150          General Psychology                            (3 SHC)
SOC 210         Introduction to Sociology                   (3 SHC)
 
Math (3-4 SHC)
Select one course from the following:
MAT 143        Quantitative Literacy                          (3 SHC)
MAT 152        Statistical Methods I                           (4 SHC)
MAT 171        Pre-calculus Algebra                           (4 SHC) 
 
 Natural Sciences  (4 SHC)
 Select 4 SHC from the following course(s):
 BIO 110         Principles of Biology                          (4 SHC)             
 BIO 111         General Biology I                               (4 SHC)
 CHM 151       General Chemistry I                            (4 SHC)
 PHY 110        Conceptual Physics                             (3 SHC) 
and 
PHY 110A      Conceptual Physics Lab                      (1 SHC)
 
ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS (13-14 SHC)
An additional 13-14 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as general education within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.  Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.
 
OTHER REQUIRED HOURS (15 SHC)
An additional 14 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as pre-major, elective or general education courses within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.
 
Academic Transition (1 SHC) 
The following course is required:
ACA 122        College Transfer Success                    (1 SHC) (Take first semester)
 
Total SHC in program:  60-61
 
Associate in Arts
COURSE SEQUENCE
(Suggested)
 
 
Semester I (13-17 semester ours credit)
 
Academic Transition
      ACA 122   College Transfer Success                                  (1 SHC)
 
English Composition
      ENG 111   Writing & Inquiry                                           (3 SHC)   
 
Humanities/Fine Arts (select one):
ART 111    Art Appreciation                                              (3 SHC)                     
ART 114    Art History Survey I                                       (3 SHC)
ART 115    Art History Survey II                                     (3 SHC)
MUS 110   Music Appreciation                                         (3 SHC)          
MUS 112   Introduction to Jazz                                        (3 SHC)
PHI 215     Philosophical Issues                                        (3 SHC)
PHI 240     Introduction to Ethics                                     (3 SHC)
 
Social/Behavioral Sciences (select one):
ECO 251   Principles of Microeconomics                         (3 SHC)
ECO 252   Principles of Macroeconomics                        (3 SHC)
HIS 111     World Civilizations I                                      (3 SHC)
HIS 112     World Civilizations II                                     (3 SHC)
HIS 131     American History I                                         (3 SHC)
HIS 132     American History II                                        (3 SHC)
POL 120    American Government                                    (3 SHC)          
PSY 150    General Psychology                                        (3 SHC)
SOC 210    Introduction to Sociology                               (3 SHC)
 
Math* (select one):
      MAT 143  Quantitative Literacy                                      (3 SHC)
      MAT 152    Statistical Methods I                                     (4 SHC)
      MAT 171   Pre-calculus Algebra                                       (4 SHC) 
 
Focused Elective* (optional) 3 SHC
 
 
Semester II (16 semester hours credit)
 
English Composition
      ENG 112    Writing/Research in the Disciplines               (3 SHC)   
 
Humanities/Fine Arts (select one):
      ART 111    Art Appreciation                                             (3 SHC)                      
      ART 114    Art History Survey I                                        (3 SHC)
      ART 115    Art History Survey II                                      (3 SHC)
      MUS 110   Music Appreciation                                         (3 SHC)          
      MUS 112   Introduction to Jazz                                        (3 SHC)
      PHI 215     Philosophical Issues                                        (3 SHC)
      PHI 240     Introduction to Ethics                                     (3 SHC)
 
Social/Behavioral Sciences (select one):      
HIS 111     World Civilizations I                                      (3 SHC)
HIS 112     World Civilizations II                                     (3 SHC)
HIS 131     American History I                                         (3 SHC)
HIS 132     American History II                                        (3 SHC)
 
Natural Sciences (4 SHC) (select one):
BIO 110    Principles of Biology                                      (4 SHC)             
BIO 111    General Biology I                                           (4 SHC)
CHM 151 General Chemistry I                                        (4 SHC)
PHY 110   Conceptual Physics                                         (3 SHC)
                          and
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab                                 (1 SHC)
 
Focused Elective* (3 SHC)
 
 
Semester III (16-17 semester hours credit)
 
Humanities/Fine Arts (select one):
ENG 231   American Literature I                                     (3 SHC)
ENG 232   American Literature II                                    (3 SHC)
 
Social/Behavioral Sciences (select one):
ECO 251   Principles of Microeconomics                         (3 SHC)
ECO 252   Principles of Macroeconomics                        (3 SHC)
HIS 111     World Civilizations I                                      (3 SHC)
HIS 112     World Civilizations II                                     (3 SHC)
HIS 131     American History I                                         (3 SHC)
HIS 132     American History II                                        (3 SHC)
POL 120    American Government                                    (3 SHC)          
PSY 150    General Psychology                                        (3 SHC)
SOC 210    Introduction to Sociology                               (3 SHC)
 
Focused elective (4-6 SHC):

Language (4 SHC)
      SPA 111    Elementary Spanish I                                      (3 SHC)
      SPA 181    Spanish Lab I                                                  (1 SHC)
 
 
Semester IV (12-16 semester hours credit)
 
Focused electives* (12-13 SHC)

Language (4 SHC)
      SPA 112    Elementary Spanish II                                    (3 SHC)
      SPA 182    Spanish Lab II                                                (1 SHC)
 
(*Notes:  Focused elective, math and science courses must be chosen with the intended major and university of transfer in mind. Please work with your advisor to select these courses to facilitate the transfer process. See Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Transfer Course List for approved transfer elective courses.)
 
Total semester hours: 61
 
Contact: Claudia Gresham

* Programs marked with an asterisk (*) are available online.


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